You, My Love

By Kokeshi088

A/N: This is a poem set during WWII Japan. It is about a girl whose lover is at war. This is set in a small town near Nagasaki, where the Americans dropped the second bomb. It is about despair, and how many people, ordinary people, felt during, and after, the war.

And the lines mentioning the soldier... It is not about wanting to win, it is about a young woman's desire to see her lover again. There is no greed in wanting to see somebody you care about, after all has lost. There is greed, in only wanting to win for nothing at all.

Enjoy. (I hope.)

You have left me

But

I calmly wait

Because

My family is here

With me

Mother

Father

Brother

And I

When I wake up

Every morning

I hear Father chopping wood

"Please come and help us"

Father says

Calling Brother

As he helps rebuild

The local shrine

A gentle rebirth

And

A gentle reminder

A soft voice

Who is there

Holding my hands?

Mother says

"You my love"

She reminds me

Softly

"You my love"

Again

Then

Glass shatters

I hear shouting

Mother!

Father!

Brother?

Bombs hailing

Soldiers running

"Please come

And help us"

Another loud sound

Screaming loudly

Mother!

Mother!

Where are you?

I stand in the rubble

Children crying

My brave soldier is at war

And my brother is dead

Father!

Father!

"We have lost"

He says

I watch a dying man

Father!

Don't go

Father!

Don't go

Tears streaming

Down my cheeks

I cannot afford a funeral

The shrine was destroyed

I have no clothes

My house is gone

No food

No peace

Only war

No family

Orphaned child

Orphaned girl

Orphaned woman

But if you came back

Could there be hope?

"You my love"

Only you

"You my love"

Author's Note

Also, a note about rebuilding the shrine: At some point, the Japanese burn down the old shrine, and rebuild a new, and identical version, symbolizing never ending cycle rebirth.

In the poem, it symbolizes peaceful changes after destruction...

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